The 2016 R2R Conference

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2016 Programme

Video of the presentations from the 2016 event have been posted online; see this news item. We hope to post the slides as well, at some point.

The 2016 Conference Programme covered key topics in the area of scholarly content supply, with a scope that ranged from the creation of content by researchers to the point when the readers access the contact, and beyond into archiving and preservation. This supply chain involves many ‘intermediaries’ including not just subscription agents and distributors, but also publishers, librarians and technology providers.

The 2016 Programme included Presentations, a Panel and Workshops.  We also created increased opportunities for networking, as the feedback from the 2015 ASA Conference strongly suggested that the timetable was rather full, with not enough time for a more informal exchange of ideas.

Researcher to Reader 2016

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP

Conference Programme

Monday 15 February 2016

9.00         Registration & Networking (with refreshments)

9.45          Welcome and Introduction

10.00       Keynote Presentation

  • Life After the Death of Science Journals
    How the article is the future of scholarly communication
    Vitek Tracz – Chairman, Science Navigation Group

10:50        Workshops – Session 1 (with refreshments)

  • Workshop A – Reach and reputation
    How can authors and editors manage visibility and readability?
  • Workshop B – Trust in Subscription Agents
    How can we ensure that subscription agents are trusted intermediaries?
  • Workshop C – COUNTER 2017
    What should the priorities be for COUNTER 2017?
  • Workshop D – Research Management
    How should institutions support and manage research activity?
  • Workshop E – Innovation in Publishing
    How can publishers and institutions innovate in scholarly communications?

11.35        Presentations: Author Behaviours

  • Bringing Research to the Surface
    Maximising the visibility and impact of research
    Vicky Williams – CEO, Research Media
  • Acting Rationally in a Deeply Weird Ecosystem
    How authors can make smart publishing choices
    Rick Anderson – Associate Dean, University of Utah

12.45        Lunch

1.45          Panel Discussion

  • Show me the Money
    The financial implications of open access for researchers, intermediaries and readers
    Paul Harwood (chair) – VP for Book and Journal Sales, EBSCO
    Rick Anderson – Associate Dean, University of Utah
    Dr James Evans – Professor, University of Chicago
    Toby Green – Head of Publishing, OECD
    Steven Hall – Managing Director, IOP Publishing
    Dr Danny Kingsley – Head of Scholarly Communication, The University of Cambridge

3.00         Break

3.30         Presentations: Research in Institutions

  • Seeing Open Access Processes More Clearly
    Mapping the life cycle of open access for publishers, researchers and libraries
    Graham Stone – Information Resources Manager, University of Huddersfield
  • Getting an Octopus into a String Bag
    The complexity of communicating with the research community across a higher education institution
    Dr Danny Kingsley – Head of Scholarly Communication, The University of Cambridge

4:40         Workshops – Second Meeting

5.30         Drinks Reception

6.30         End of First Day

Tuesday 16 February 2016

9.00         Registration & Networking (with refreshments)

9.45          Presentations: Peer Review

  • The Unseen Costs of Peer Review
    Why peer review can never be free (even if your paper is perfect)
    Alice Ellingham – Director, Editorial Office Ltd
  • Peer Review: a Global View
    Findings from the Taylor & Francis study of researcher opinions
    Will Frass – Research Executive, Taylor & Francis

10.55       Workshops – Third Meeting (with refreshments)

12.05       Presentation: The Sociology of Research

  • Considering the Sociology of Research
    How research scientists actually behave as individuals and in groups
    James Evans – Professor, University of Chicago

12.45        Lunch

1.45          Presentations: Discovery & Usage

  • Dissemination is Dead; Long Live Learning
    How to transition academic publishing toward an outcome-based approach
    Tom Clark – Chief Officer: Business & Product Innovation, Emerald
  • Making Sense of the Flood
    Ways to curate content and adapt search to deliver serendipity in discovery
    Tom Beyer – Director of Platform Services, Safari Books Online

3.00         Break

3.30         Workshop Feedback

4.10          Summary & Closing

4.30         End of Conference

R2R Lifecycle w 2016 02 Hi JPG2016 Testimonials

This is what delegates have said about the 2016 Conference:


  • I really enjoyed the conference; many thanks.
  • The delegates were great – lots of ideas.
  • Congratulations on a very successful event.
  • The programme was a good mix.
  • Thank you for a really well-run conference.
  • A good mix of topics and chances for discussion.
  • Will recommend to colleagues.
  • It was excellent, one of the best I have been to in the past few years.


  • Really informative.
  • Beautifully controversial!
  • Outside the box and good to hear of innovation approaches.
  • Engaging and amusing speakers.
  • Very interesting, with much to think about.
  • Refreshingly challenging.
  • Very professional.
  • Thought-provoking and engaging.
  • Entertaining and learned a lot.
  • Very interesting and informative.
  • Brilliant.
  • Controversial and good debate.
  • Great line-up of speakers.
  • Speakers and content very high standard.


  • Very clever workshops!
  • The workshop session worked very well, with good interaction and structure.
  • Structure of workshops was great.
  • I really liked returning to the same workshop as it allowed ideas to develop.
  • Well facilitated – breaking into smaller groups gave everyone a chance to speak.

Venue and Organisation

  • Lovely venue.
  • Very well organised.
  • Helpful communications in advance.
  • Very friendly and efficient.
  • Fast Wi-Fi that didn’t get clogged with lots of users.